In 1980, the Winter Olympics took place in Lake Placid NY. Thirty seven countries participated in thirty-eight different events.
Many highlights were highlighted and historical performances and circumstances were part of the event. The 1980 Winter Olympics saw artificial snow being used for the Olympics for the first time.
This was also the year that the Chinese Taipei, the Peoples Republic of China, returned to the Olympic events. Eric Heiden, an American who won five individual gold medals in speed skating, was another historic moment.
Eric Heiden also established four Olympic records in 1980 and one world record during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
There were events in figure, speed skating, luge, bobsled and Nordic skiing. Ice hockey was also available.
This is the place where “The Miracle on Ice”, the most famous American game, took place. Herb Brooks coached the United States hockey team, which consisted mainly of college students and amateur players.
The Soviet Union was the favorite to win the hockey gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Just before the Olympics, the United States team played an exhibition match against the Soviets and was defeated ten to three.
They were almost certain to win the Olympics. The Russians had already won five times in six previous tournaments.
The USA team started the game and was down. They eventually tied the game. With ten minutes remaining, Mike Eruzione, the captain of the USA hockey team, scored a goal that made the score four to three for the USA.
The USA team defeated the Soviets, then beat Finland to win the gold medal. This was a historic moment in USA hockey.